Richard J. Wood, dean of faculty and vice president of academic affairs at Whittier College, has been appointed president of Earlham College in Richmond, Ind.
Wood, 48, taught philosophy at Earlham, a small liberal arts college, for 14 years before moving to Whittier in 1980 and becoming vice president of the college.
He assumes his new post Aug. 1 at Earlham, which has an enrollment similar to Whittier's roughly 1,050 students.
In addition to being president of Earlham, Wood also will oversee the Earlham School of Religion and the Conner Prairie Pioneer Settlement, a living museum run by the college north of Indianapolis.
Earlham, like Whittier College, was founded by Quakers in 1847.
"It's not so much that I'm leaving Whittier, but pursuing a new opportunity," said Wood, who has written extensively on Japanese literature and Quaker ethics and thought. "Earlham is very similar to Whittier, one of the main reasons I agreed to take the job. I'm very excited."